Superstition Review, Before I Had the Word

Before I Had the Word: Poems
Brooke Sahni

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Our friends over at Superstition Review are excited for the release of Brooke Sahni’s debut poetry collection, Before I Had the Word, and so are we! Coming this November, this collection is still available for preorder. To quote the lovely poet Maggie Smith, “this book is a gift,” so go ahead! Treat yourself to something nice.

Before I Had the Word is a poetry collection that explores the confluences of religion and culture in the world. In the poems, Brooke draws on her backgrounds in Sikhism and Judaism to challenge our notions of the self and the divine. Nature, sexuality, and the body, plus the secular and mundane worlds, are thoughtfully questioned.

“How often do I read a debut collection to find myself left breathless by the beauty and craft of the poems? This is the case for Brooke Sahni’s Before I Had the Word, an exceptional collection of poems with pens in two worlds—Jewish and Sikh—and unafraid to mix faith with real life, with the body and sexuality, with loneliness, family, and grief. Throughout the book, there is meaningful questioning along with a profound understanding that we are sacred and that art is sacred. Sahni writes, why would god make an object/that can’t be touched when, already, I’ve touched so many beautiful things? These stunning poems go deep—to a soul level where they bring the reader in and share the holy here the world around us. You will be better for reading these poems, I know I am.”

—Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Dialogues with Rising tides

Brooke Sahni holds a BFA and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in journals such as The Missouri Review, The Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, Prairie Schooner, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review and elsewhere. She is the author of Divining, (Orison Books, 2020), which won the Orison Chapbook Prize. She is the first-place recipient of the Frank Waters Fiction Award, the Keith Wilson-Joe Somoza Poetry Award, and the Sutherland-McManus Nonfiction Prose Award, among others.

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